Spring Training Game Four: Cubs (1-2) vs. Diamondbacks (2-2)
- Game Time – 2:10pm CST
- Coverage – TV: MLB.TV – Radio: 670 The Score
- Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
Adam Warren (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Patrick Corbin (0-0, -.–, -.–)
The Cubs wrap up the first weekend of the exhibition season with a short trip to Scottsdale to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Adam Warren makes his Cubs’ debut this afternoon. Warren is competing for a spot in the rotation. If all goes as planned, Warren will begin the season in Maddon’s bullpen as one of at least three utility pitchers on the active roster.
The Cubs tried to acquire Warren before the deadline last summer but could not matchup on a deal with the Yankees for the right-handed swingman. The Cubs traded Starlin Castro to the Yankees in December for Warren and a PTBNL that turned out to be INF Brendan Ryan in December. The Cubs released Ryan and he’s since signed with the Nationals on a minor league deal.
Joe Maddon is batting Addison Russell cleanup today.
Maddon’s starting lineup: Dexter Fowler CF, Ben Zobrist 2B, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, Tommy La Stella 3B, David Ross C, Dan Vogelbach DH, Juan Perez LF and Kris Negron 1B
Munenori Kawasaki, Arismendy Alcantara, Jeimer Candelario, Willson Contreras, Taylor Davis, Albert Almora Jr., John Andreoli, C.J. Riefenhauser, Rex Brothers and Spencer Patton are on the travel roster for this afternoon’s game.
Len Kasper and Ron Coomer have the call on 670 The Score and the moving pictures can been seen on MLB.TV.
Today all starts with Adam Warren …
Adam Warren had a breakout season a year ago with the Yankees. After pitching in the rotation with a lot of success, Warren showed his versatility pitching out of the bullpen. Warren was 7-7 in 43 games with 17 starts. Warren finished five games, picked up a save and posted a 3.29 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 3.59 FIP. Warren allowed 51 runs, 48 earned runs, on 114 hits with 39 walks and 104 strikeouts in 131 1/3 innings.
Out of the bullpen, Warren was 1-1 in 26 appearances with a 2.29 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. And as a starter, Warren was 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.
Adam Warren is not only making his Cubs debut this afternoon but he’s also pitching in a Cactus League game for the first time.
Patrick Corbin was very, very good last season in 16 starts for the Diamondbacks. Corbin missed the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Corbin was 6-5 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 3.35 FIP last year. The lefty doesn’t turn 27 until late July.
If Patrick Corbin is back, or better, than he was pre-Tommy John, the Diamondbacks will be a force to reckon with in the National League this season instead of just contending for a spot in the post-season.